Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Protests - the good, the bad and the silly.

Memo to Lawrence Cannon...maybe it's time to get off your ass and walk outside. The Tamil protests that have been going on on Parliament Hill for nine days now involve hunger strikes. There are people there who are starving themselves to death in order to talk, specifically, to you. There are a thousand people out there protesting the killing of civilians in Sri Lanka. Yes, I know, Canada has indeed called for a ceasefire, and an end to the hostilities. And yes, I am aware that Canada does not hold enough diplomatic sway, anywhere in the world, to impose conditions single-handedly. But releasing statements that say "it's not my problem", or "it's not my job to end the protest" are hardly productive, no? They want to talk to you. There are a thousand of them. And several of them are endangering their lives with a hunger strike. Come on. Walk outside.

Speaking of protests, my favourite "grass roots" protest is about to take place ALL OVER AMERICA today, as the teabaggers will whip out their teabags and teabag it up to the White House. Of course, this is called a "grassroots" movement, even though it is being coordinated by Newt Gingrich and Dick Army, and there is nothing "grassroots" about it whatsoever. They are loosely basing this protest on the Boston Tea Party, which fought taxation without representation. However, this time they are protesting the increase in taxes which...doesn't exist. Taxes have been cut. So why protest? Because some right-wing nutjobs decided to organize it, that's why. And then...teabag? Really? Do you not have the google? For those of you reading this who don't know the secondary (or perhaps, by now, it is so pervasive that it is the primary) definition of "teabag", I will give you a moment to check the google yourself.

OK. I know that Public Enemy suggested that they wanted to "paint the White House black". And that The Coup wanted to "run up in the White House with the gauge out - click clack". At least all of this made a little bit of sense, and you could understand the metaphor. These right-wing nutjobs want to teabag the White House. When I first heard this I couldn't stop laughing. I still can't now. These are the same people who are so out of touch that, as one caller to CHEZ this morning suggested, they kept hammering on Barack Obama "fisting" his wife during the campaign. Perhaps it's no coincidence that the only network that covered the fisting is also the only one covering the teabagging...where would I get my comedy without FOX News? Well, funnyordie, I guess. See below post for some hilarity.

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